Earlier this week, the United Steelworkers Union filed unfair labor practice charges against Gracedale nursing home in Northampton County, PA.  In pertinent part, the state-level charges allege that Gracedale intends to replace the nurses’ health care plan at the beginning of the new year.

The Steelworkers represent approximately fifty nurses and social workers at the facility, who have been working under a collective bargaining agreement that expired in December of 2010.  According to union officials, the nursing home has honored the terms of the expired contract.  Until now.

The complaint further alleges that the union has sought to negotiate a new contract with the nursing home on numerous occasions.  However, “the county has stalled and has not cooperated with the union.”  It is further alleged that the county will only “meet with the union when the county is looking for concessions.”